Change the default text field size in Access 2007

If the default size of Access 2007 text fields doesn't fit your needs, you could waste a lot of time manually adjusting each one you create. Take a moment now to set your own default and save yourself all that extra work.

The default size for Access 2007 text fields has been increased from 50 to 255. If you rarely need fields that large, you can save yourself some time by changing the default to the size you use for the majority of the text fields you create. For example, suppose most of your text fields are around 50 characters. You can change the default to that size by following these steps:

  1. Open Access and click the Office button.
  2. Click the Access Options button.
  3. Click Object Designers in the pane on the left.
  4. Under Table Design, enter 50 in the Default Text Field Size box (Figure A) and click OK.

Figure A

The default text field size for all your databases will now be 50.

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